- The American Catholic Voter
From the earliest days in the New World through the disputed presidential election of 2000, the influence of Catholics on American politics has followed a peculiar arc. In Colonial America, Catholics were often denied participation in the process; but in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the Catholic bloc was recognized as a swing vote that determined the outcome of numerous elections; and today Catholics are either so assimilated or disunited that as a group their impact is declining.
- Prayer in Newman
“Thanks to the skill of Father Nicholas Gregoris, the publication in English translation of Giocanni Velocci’s important work, Prayer in Newman, will bring before a wider audience a significant study. In a few pages are drawn together from Newman’s sermons and meditations, both Anglican and Catholic, his reflections on the life of prayer. Moreover, this little work reveals Newman himself to be a masterful teacher of the art of prayer and – most important – to be essentially a man of prayer. In Father Velocci’s admirable phrase, ‘prayer became the preferred occupation of Newman.’
- The Battle for the Catholic Mind
A Selection of outstanding articles from the Fellowship’s first thirteen years of Proceedings.
Contributors include Germain Grisez, Msgr. George A. Kelly, Paul C. Vitz, Joseph M. Boyle, Rev. Ronald Lawler, OFM CAP., John M. Finnis, James Hitchcock, Maura A. Daly, R. V. Young, John M. Haas, Robert P. George, Joyce A. Little, Benedict M. Ashley, O.P., Alice Ramos, Rev. Marvin R. O’Connell, Janet E. Smith, Gerard V. Bradley, and Rev. Robert Sokolowski.
- Priestly Celibacy
“The practice of celibacy has come under attack at various times in the past thirty years. The debates have sometimes obscured the great value celibacy is to the individual practitioner and to the Church. Father Stravinskas, completing the work of Kenneth Howell, has compiled an excellent presentation on the gift of celibacy from many different theological disciplines. The work addresses various aspects of the practice, from the scriptural and dogmatic, to the historical, spiritual, and practical. The work defends the practice of celibacy and highlights the benefits and fruits of the practice in the life of the Church. Clergy and laity, married andsingle, will find reading this book worthwhile both theologically and spiritually.” – Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia.
- The Bible and the Mass
A step-by-step excursion through the Mass. Fr. Stravinskas explains the parts of the Mass, giving scriptural references and explanations for the various actions and prayers. Each chapter ends with stud questions geared toward group discussion. Perfect for Bible study, theology class, or prayer group, or simply to deepen one’s own understanding of the Church’s highest form of prayer, the Eucharistic Sacrifice.
- The Reasonableness of Christianity
This is an indispensable document for anyone interested in the progress of Locke’s thinking about the laws of nature, morality, religion, and the limits of reason, and it is a landmark text in the history of biblical and historical theology. As fashions in philosophy turn from logical analysis to the interpretation of texts, the method that Locke employs in this work is both instructive and prescient. It was and remains a controversial text. This edition contains the two Vindications Locke wrote in response to the attacks of his critics.
- Both Sides of the Altar
Why would a priest turn his back on his priesthood and walk away from his religious vocation and its demanding responsibilities? Why did he become a priest in the first place? And how do such men make reparations for their defection? Both Sides of the Altar strives to look at these questions through one such priest’s life, that of Frank Morgan.
- Religious Scepticism
On the publication of the first volume of The Decline and Fall in 1776, there arose a controversy that rapidly became broader than a dispute about an individual writer. Gibbon replied to his critics in the rhetorically brilliant Vindication in 1779, and then withdrew from the fray. But the debate continued long after that. Gibbon’s adversaries were more substantial figures than he was willing to concede, and it is Gibbon’s account of the dispute that has for the most part conditioned the work of later commentators. This comprehensive selection from the writings of Gibbon’s adversaries allows the reader to judge the critics for themselves, and so enter into one of the most important literary disputes of the eighteenth century.
- Recovering a Catholic Philosophy of Elementary Education
A much-needed, incisive book that looks at elementary education from a philophic point of view, and recognizes that, in practice, education is replete with unexamined philosophical presuppositions. “. . . [accounts] for these philosophical presuppositions and [explains] the serious problems connected with them, together with a more reasonable and adequate understanding of what it is to educate the human being, from child to adult.” – James V. Schall, S.J., Georgetown University
- The Catholic Citizen
The Catholic Church today finds herself at the very center of some of the most important and controversial moral and social developments of our day, including abortion, capital punishment, cloning, so-called “gay marriage,” pacifism and the morality of war, the ethics of healthcare in a technologically advanced but morally deficient society, and other related subjects. The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars attempts to address issues such as these by inviting the best and most knowledgeable scholars and commentators to speak at its annual conventions. This book brings together the addresses and responses devoted to these topics at the Fellowship's 26th annual convention in 2003. The contributors include the renowned John Finnis of Oxford and Notre Dame, Mary Eberstadt of the Hoover Institution, Christopher Wolfe of Marquette University, William E. May of the John Paul II Institute, Gerard V. Bradley of the Notre Dame Law School, Patrick Lee of Franciscan University, Steven A. Long of the University of St. Thomas, E. Christian Brugger of Loyola University in New Orleans, J. Brian Benestad of the University of Scranton, the Rev. Michael J. Baxter of Notre Dame, and, not least, the well-known moral theologian, Msgr. William B. Smith of St. Joseph's Seminary. Nowhere between two covers can there be found a sharper searchlight trained upon some of the principal moral and social issues of our day than in this collection.